Libertarian Alliance: Scrap all drink and driving laws
- NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International
Release Date: Monday 7th December 2007
Release Time: Immediate
Dr Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199, sean@...
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"SCRAP ALL DRINK DRIVING LAWS", SAYS FREE MARKET AND CIVIL LIBERTIES THINK
The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties
think tank and pressure group, today calls on the British Government to
repeal all laws against drinking and driving. Drivers should be free to
drink as much alcohol as they like before and while driving. The Police
should be allowed to intervene only if a driver appears from his actions
to be a danger to other road users, or if he causes an accident.
Dr Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, comments:
"The current law on drinking and driving is a prior restraint law. It can
only be enforced by indiscriminate stops and searches. Most of the drivers
stopped are not driving erratically and do not test positive. This is a
breach of the Common Law prohibition of searches and seizures, except by
judicial warrant and on evidence of some specific criminal behaviour.
"Moreover, every officer assigned to looking for drivers over the limit is
one officer fewer to catch real criminals. This is specially the case at
Christmas, which has lately become carnival a time for burglars and
muggers. There are fewer officers around to deter them, and fewer to go
looking for them after the event.
"Much of the propaganda against drinking and driving has nothing to do
with reducing injuries to life and property, and everything to do with
making it harder to enjoy a drink in good company.
"If we want to reduce the number of deaths on the roads, drinking and
driving should not in itself be a crime. It should be possible for a
person to drink a bottle of whisky, get into a car and drive away - and
the authorities should have no power to stop this.
"Punishment should only come if a driver is so erratic that he is plainly
dangerous - or if an accident is caused. But it should then in this latter
case be very severe punishment.
"In general, we believe in real punishments for real crimes. Unless a real
crime can be shown, we believe in telling the police to mind their own
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Note(s) to Editors
Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance and edits its
journal Free Life. His book, Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power,
is available at Amazon. His other books are available from Hampden Press
His longer opinions on drinking and driving can be read here:
He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at
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